Radnor Hills Water has been announced as the Official Water Supplier to the 2017 Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex, which takes place from July 27-30 at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club.
The Welsh company, which has previously partnered the European Senior Tour at the SSE Enterprise Wales Senior Open and Willow Senior Golf Classic, produced 175 million bottles in 2015 and has increased its production capacity to 300 million bottles in 2016, also the year of the company’s 25th anniversary.
Radnor Hills bottle a diverse range of soft drinks from Flavoured Waters, School Compliant Drinks, Natural Spring Water, Premium Adult Pressés, Pure Fruits Juices and Sports Isotonic Drinks. All are produced on their site based in Radnorshire where they are extremely proud of their strong Welsh heritage.
The Senior Open Championship, co-owned by the Senior Tour and The R&A, will be held at Royal Porthcawl for the second time in its history after hosting the 2014 edition of the prestigious event, which was won in stunning fashion by former Ryder Cup Captain Bernhard Langer.
William Watkins, founder of Radnor Hills, said: ‘’We are delighted to be involved with the Senior Open Championship next year. Supplying Welsh water for a major tournament being held in Wales seems a great fit.’’
David MacLaren, Head of the European Senior Tour, on behalf of the Championship, said: “With the Championship returning to Royal Porthcawl next year, we are delighted to see a Welsh company partner the Senior Open on home soil in 2017.
“We created a strong relationship with Radnor Hills in 2016 and we are looking forward to continuing this partnership with William and his team when we return to Royal Porthcawl in July.”
England’s Paul Broadhurst will defend his title, which he won at Carnoustie this year, against stiff competition from golfing icons including John Daly, Colin Montgomerie, Sam Torrance, Tom Watson and Ian Woosnam. Also eligible to make their first Senior Open appearances are former Ryder Cup Captains José María Olazábal and Paul McGinley, who turns 50 in December.
American Ryder Cup players Steve Stricker and David Toms, who also won the 2001 US PGA Championship, could also make their Senior Open debuts.
Tickets to see the line-up of former Major Champions and Ryder Cup stars take part in The Senior Open Championship are now on sale, and hospitality packages are also available.
Spectators can buy tickets by visiting www.senioropenchampionship.com or by calling +44 (0) 800 023 2557, or on the gate.
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About the Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex
The Senior Open Championship Presented by Rolex will be played over the world-renown links of Royal Porthcawl Golf Club for the second time in 2017, three years after becoming the first Welsh course to host Europe’s Senior Major. The event reached a milestone at Carnoustie, Scotland, in 2016 when it was played for the 30th time. It was introduced in 1987 at Turnberry in Ayrshire when Neil Coles, the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the PGA European Tour, won the inaugural title.
This led, two years later, to more than 60 professionals calling for a European Senior Tour to be formally structured. In 2003, the Senior Open Championship was officially recognised as a ‘Senior Major’, incorporated into the European Senior Tour and US Champions Tour schedules. Since 1987, the Senior Open Championship has been played at a total of 12 different venues. The Old Course at St.Andrews will become the 13th in July 2018.